Course Details

Title Interior Urbanism
Field of Study Design
Professor Rafael Alberto Luna Zelaya (rluna@hanyang.ac.kr)
Type Academic course
Delivery Type Online Track (100% online course): Real-time
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule Evening
Course code ISS1146
Course number 18055

Interior Urbanism may at first instance seem like an opposition between an expansive
infrastructural framework, and the boundary of an interior space. Yet, Interior
Urbanism could be described as the abstraction of the city within a building, either as a
design strategy for spatial organization and wayfinding or as a reproduction of the city
environment of congestion and programmatic proximities.
While these two concepts have been readily explored as an interior condition of
autonomy bounded by the shell of a building, a third emergent definition for Interior
Urbanism exposes the city as a megastructure connected through a continuous interior
logic: the city as one interior space. This effect is produced through the interiorization
of public spaces and their connection to the pedestrian mobility network. Publications
such as “Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook,” for example, documents
the interconnectivity that occurs in Hong Kong at multiple levels of the city, via
pedestrian infrastructure that connects private buildings with public pathways
throughout many blocks. In Seoul, the underground system seamlessly blurs the
private and public realm by hybridizing its infrastructure as public spaces that provide
sequences from the subway trains to underground public plaza, atriums, workplace,
markets, and living without ever leaving an interior condition. This class will explore
the evolution of definitions for interior urbanism as a way to speculate their
contemporary significance through three short individual projects.


This course has the specific aim of addressing agendas in urbanism as an interior phenomenon. By the end of the course, students will be able to produce interior design layouts guided by urban strategies as an alternative design principle. Students will explore the implications of programmatic proximities as a reflection of the city and building autonomy. Students will engage the scale of the city as an interior project.


Basic architecture history and theory

Lesson Plan
Class 1: Definition 1 and Assignment 1
Class 2: The Grid, functionalist zoning
Class 3: Psychogeographies, Semilattices, and Decentralized Networks
Class 4: Urban Scaffoldings and Fields
Class 5: Presentation of Assignment 1
Class 6: Definition 2 and Assignment 2
Class 7: O.M. Ungers: Berlin a Green Archipelago
Class 8: Rem: The Metropolis and the Culture of Congestion
Class 9: Las Vegas as a Metropolitan Field
Class 10: Presentation of Assignment 2
Class 11: Definition 3 and Assignment 3
Class 12: Smithson’s and Constant
Class 13: Metabolist, structuralist, and megastructures
Class 14: Evolutionary Infrastructure, Hong Kong and Seoul
Class 15: Presentation of Assignment 3
Last Updated April 15, 2021
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